Normal School

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: 
Sherman Alexie, Nick Arvin, Tom Bissell, Maud Casey, Adam Braver, Abraham Brennen, Ron Carlson, Denise Duhamel, Beth Ann Fennelly, Patricia Henley, Patrick Hicks, Kristin Iverson, Dimiter Kenarov, Philip Levine, Margot Livesey, Phillip Lopate, Dunya Mikhail, Ander Monson, Dinty W. Moore, Laura Pritchett, Ron Rash, David Shields, Mary Yukari Waters, Christopher Yen
Online, Print
Reading Period: 
Sep 1 to Feb 28
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
a couple few
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
$26/two-year subscription (four issues)
1,000 to 2,500

Editorial Focus

The Normal School is now an online journal featuring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism, journalism, author interviews, and multi-media texts. The bi-annual print magazine finished in spring 2019, ending its 11-year run.

Tips From the Editor

Read an issue or two and get a feel for normal. Write well; then submit. Check out our website for more information.

We are particularly interested in essays that challenge established norms for the genre or that don’t seem to fit in easy categories of classification. Genre fiction is very unlikely to suit us, but if you think you can sell us on it, well, then shoot it on over. We thought we didn’t want sci-fi until we met some particularly compelling fighting robots, after all. We consider poetry of any style. Please limit the number of cat poems (unless, of course, they are really, really good cat poems).

Contact Information

Steven Church, Editor
Fresno State - Creative Writing
5245 N Backer Avenue, PB98
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Last updated: Aug 11, 2022